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Christian Counseling Program: Predictions Come and Go, But Christ Remains a Constant

Christian Counseling Program: Predictions Come and Go, But Christ Remains a Constant

Christian Counseling Program: Christian Counselors Need to Guide People Away From Secular Prophesies While predictions of the end of world will continue to circulate (even after 12-21-12), the message of Christ remains constant.  While people put their faith in ancient pagan societies, or the prophesies of those whose gift is not from God, Scripture leaves all that is needed.  St. John, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote the Book of Revelation.  While the book is full of symbolic meaning, everything a Christian needs to know about the future is recorded in this book.  Christian Counselors need to direct their

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Christian Counseling Education: The Incarnation: Divinity on Earth

Christian Counseling Education: The Incarnation:  Divinity on Earth

Christian Counseling Education: The Divine Element of the Incarnation In the previous blog, we reviewed for Christian Counselors and other members of the faithful the central importance of the Logos becoming fully human.  In this segment, I would like to delve deeper into Christ’s divine nature.  This is the second piece of the puzzle to the central dogma of the Incarnation.  If Christ is only a man and not divine, then our religion is just a social philosophy on life without any true redeeming value.  Christian Counseling must emphasize both the divine and the human elements of Christ. The Logos

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Education Program in Christian Counseling: Christ Through the Incarnation Became Fully Human

Education Program in Christian Counseling: Christ Through the Incarnation Became Fully Human

Education Program in Christian Counseling: The Incarnation as the Cornerstone of Christianity. The central theme of Christianity is Christ and the historical event known as the Incarnation.  Without this event, Christianity would be merely a social philosophy without any theological and spiritual meaning.  Christian Counselors must emphasize the centrality of the Incarnation as the cornerstone of our faith. Christ Became Man Emmanuel, means “God with us”.  The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity became fully human to redeem us.  If the Logos did not become fully human, then the Redemption could not happen because man required a fellow man to

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Christian Counseling Training: The Theology of the Incarnation

Christian Counseling Training: The Theology of the Incarnation

 Christian Counseling Training : The Theology of the Incarnation Christian Counseling training should include a solid understanding of the Incarnation.  This way Christian Counselors can not only counsel but inform their spiritual children of the awesome nature of the Incarnation.  Through an understanding of it, one can appreciate the gift of Christ and his humble birth for our eventual salvation. There are two aspects to the great mystery of the Incarnation of Christ.  First, one of soteriology and second, one of love.  Soteriology or the study of Redemption points out that after the sin of Adam, man a finite creature

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Christian Counselor Training: Joyous Giving and Joyous Receiving

Christian Counselor Training: Joyous Giving and Joyous Receiving

Christian Counselor Training and Joyous Receiving Christian Counselors many times encounter the reluctant taker.  The person who denies any help or who feels guilty if they accept any gift.  These individuals enjoy giving and are sincere but they forget the joy that others may feel when giving.   As Christians we must be joyous givers, but we also must learn how to joyously receive as well. Our faith is based upon the greatest gift.  That gift is Jesus Christ taking the form of a slave and dying for us.  If we cannot learn to joyously accept that gift, then how we

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Christian Counseling Certification and the Faith of the Centurian

Christian Counseling Certification and the Faith of the Centurian

Christian Counseling Certification : Not Worthy That You Should Come Under My Roof The faith of the centurian was the greatest faith that Christ had witnessed in all of Israel.  Upon meeting our Lord and begging for a cure of his servant, his faith  was illuminated by the mere words, “merely say the word”.   He did not require that our Lord should come to his home, nor grace his unworthiness by entering his lowly home, but his faith only required Our Lord’s word of healing.   His humility and faith earned him the cure he so desperately sought for his servant. Christian Counselors should

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Christian Counseling Certification : Don’t Forget the Poor During Christmas

Christian Counseling Certification : Don’t Forget the Poor During Christmas

Christian Counseling Certification : Care of the Poor During Christmas While care of the poor is vocation all Christians must undertake the whole year, it is especially important to remember the poor during Christmas.  Christian Counselors should lead and partake in various ministries that alleviate the suffering of the poor during Christmas.  There are a multitude of ways this can be accomplished. First, donating various articles.  Clothes, coats, and other articles of use can be donated to various charities in your community.  One should take the time to go through old and unused materials that could be useful for a

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Christian Counselor Education Training : Christmas Giving: St. Nicholas or the Richman?

Christian Counselor Education Training : Christmas Giving: St. Nicholas or the Richman?

Christian Counselor Education Training: Those to Give Who will you emulate, not just during Christmas, but your entire life–the richman as found in the Gospel of Luke or St. Nicholas?  With the feast of St. Nicholas approaching and the happen chance reading of the passage in Luke about the richman, I found many interesting correlations for Christian Counseling. Luke 18:18-27 tells the story of the richman who hoped to impress Christ with his adherence to the Law of Moses.  The richman had kept all the commandments and continued to press Christ on what made someone “good” or worthy to attain

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Christian Counseling For Avoiding Christmas Time Burnout

Christian Counseling For Avoiding Christmas Time Burnout

Christian Counseling for a Joyous Christmas The secularization of Christmas causes burnout.  When we strip Christmas of its spiritual value and turn it into a ”Holiday” season of gifts, shopping, and over stretching ourselves mentally, physically and financially, then we can only expect a time of peace to become a time of chaos.  How many people lose this peace in their attempts to micromanage every event, instead of focusing on spiritual preparation for the Lord?  Christian Counseling emphasizes the importance of spiritual preparation and a sharing of Christ’s gift with our family, friends and even strangers. One of the first types of burnout may be an over zealous

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Education Program in Christian Counseling: Our Lord Teaches Us the True Meaning of the Sabbath

Education Program in Christian Counseling: Our Lord Teaches Us the True Meaning of the Sabbath

Christian Counseling Must Counter Secular Society’s View of Sunday Secularism has distorted the true meaning of Sunday.  Sunday has become another day of the week for sales, overtime hours, secular entertainment, and odd jobs around the house.  Certified Christian Counselors, pastors, priests and religious  need to overcome this alarming trend with a strong condemnation in private and public discussions. In the time of Our Lord, the Sabbath was Saturday and not Sunday.  Yet the same sacredness within the Jewish religion was applied to the original Sabbath.  Overtime though, the Sabbath entered into a completely opposite orbit of extremism than we see today.  The Pharisees and their many